My love affair with Trader Joe's started over 15 years ago in Minneapolis. We were with my in-laws visiting relatives and my father-in-law wanted to stop by a grocery store.  He's from California and told us we'd love this little...
Money causes stress. According to a survey by Thriving Wallet, 90% of Americans say money impacts their stress level. Further, money disputes are routinely cited as one of the top reasons for divorce. But this stress runs alongside our...
With back-to-school around the corner, many parents are thinking ahead to what new schedules and daily routines will look like in the fall. Establishing chores and an allowance within this time is a great way to provide structure and...
Rising interest rates may deter homebuyers from looking for a new home. As a result, the home equity line of credit (HELOC) is becoming a more popular loan product that appeals to existing homeowners.  “Using the equity in your home...
A few months ago, I was getting ready to head out the door, scrambling to get my stuff ready in the midst of relaying last-minute directions to my husband, “Make sure you give them a veggie with dinner, Sullivan’s...
I spent a lot of time over the past year working on kitchen organization. Part of my reason for tackling this big project was watching a lot of The Home Edit show on Netflix through the pandemic as well...
Spring is a fresh start, new growth, and for lots of us- a little spring cleaning! For me, I like to do a little home refresh to give it a little lift after the winter. I've found some really...
Do your kids have chores? Despite our natural instincts, our biggest job as mothers isn’t to do everything for our children. In fact, the most pivotal role we can play is to teach and empower our kids to do...
Who wants to get rid of all the children's clothes that don’t fit or have been sitting in a closet too long? Most moms have those piles of clothes we meant to get rid of or donate. I get...
Spring is the perfect time to declutter and breathe new life into my home. I don't know if it's the taste of warmer weather or I'm simply losing my mind from too many lattes, but I've made it my...

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What Can You Buy With 529 Distributions?

Some of the biggest challenges many face when it comes to education are financial. Luckily, a 529 college saving plan can help. And they're...